Ok so you are in the market for some for some waterproof running shoes (oh yeah) and you have your eye on a certain model. But is this the correct shoe for you? Most serious runner already know what shoe works for them, but if you are a beginner runner or use waterproof running shoes for something other running you might not know one is best for your foot. And the main factor that determines which waterproof shoe is right for you is the based off of the structure of your arch.
When talking about your foot arch the term pronation always comes up. Foot pronation simply refers to the way your arch collapses while in a pattern of movement ie walking or running. There are 3 major types of foot pronation neutral-pronation, over-pronation, and under-pronation and all of us fit under one of these categories.
Neutral pronation is when the foot rolls marginally inward. There is a comparable even distribution of body weight on the foot, followed by a forward motion. Neutral pronation is the proper way feet should roll in, however not to many people have the perfect gait (the pattern of movement of the limbs). But if you do consider yourself lucky, you can choose from a wide variety of running shoes, including ones made for neutral runners or those with slightly flat-feet or high-arched feet. Stability waterproof running shoes with moderate control features tend to work well for people with this type of arch.
Over-pronation occurs when the arch of the foot collapses and the ankles roll inwards upon weight bearing. The bearing weight is carried to the inner edge of the foot rather than the ball of the foot. Over-pronation is an excessive movement than can, but does not always, lead to excess stress in the connective tissues of the lower leg, knee and hip. Motion control, or high stability waterproof running shoes with firm midsoles and control features that help to reduce the degree of pronation are best suited for this type of arch.
Under-pronation is the opposite of over-pronation. Under-pronation occurs when the foot dose not collapse enough to absorb the shock of each step you take. People with high-arches typically have the issue with under-pronation. Cushioned (or ‘neutral’) waterproof running shoes with plenty of flexibility to encourage foot motion are recommend people with this type of arch.
Whether you a runner, hiker, or just wearing waterproof running shoes for everyday use it is important to understand your foot type. Just picking a waterproof running shoe based on looks will not work. Wearing improper shoes can lead to discomfort and injuries so it is very important to know what type of foot you have what features does the shoe over that meets your needs.